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VTOL | Rank 5 USSR
Yak-38 Pack
Pe-2-31 Peshka
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
8.50 tTake-off weight
1.1 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8400 mCeiling
2 х Klimov VK-105REngine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
450 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunWeapon 1
150 roundsAmmunition
1026 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunWeapon 2
450 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gunTurret
230 roundsAmmunition
1027 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun2 х Turret
225 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm ShKAS machine gunTurret
750 roundsAmmunition
1800 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
2 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bomb
Setup 1
2 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bomb
4 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb
Setup 2
4 x 250 kg FAB-250sv bombSetup 3
2 x 500 kg FAB-500sv (welded) bombSetup 4
10 x RS-132 rocketsSetup 5
10 x RBS-132 rocketsSetup 6
14000 Rp icon.pngResearch
55000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2800 / 3628/2800 / 3628/1530 / 1982Repair
16000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
55000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
370 % Sl icon.png280 % Sl icon.png80 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Russian bomber Pe-2-31. For other versions, see Pe-2 (Family).


GarageImage Pe-2-31.jpg

The Pe-2-31 Peshka is a rank II Soviet bomber with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27. For French, German, Italian, Castellano, and Japanese, this aircraft is known as Pe-2-21 in the localisation files, instead of Pe-2-31. There is no difference between them.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 5,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 511 495 8400 29.6 31.3 7.2 7.2 326
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
740 450 ___ ___ 320 ~9 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 380 < 380 < 440 > 307

Survivability and armour

Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.


Offensive armament

The Pe-2-31 is armed with:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, nose-mounted (150 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, nose-mounted (450 rpg)

Suspended armament

The Pe-2-31 can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (600 kg total)
  • 2 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs + 4 x 100 kg FAB-100 bombs (900 kg total)
  • 4 x 250 kg FAB-250M43 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 2 x 500 kg FAB-500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
  • 10 x RS-132 rockets
  • 10 x RBS-132 rockets

Defensive armament

The Pe-2-31 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine gun, ventral turret (230 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, dorsal turret (750 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine gun, 2 x beam turret (225 rpg)

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm Turret 7 mm DZ-40
II Compressor Airframe New 7 mm MGs New 7 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings repair Engine Offensive 12 mm Turret 12 mm RO-132
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs New 12 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Light weight
  • Great rate of climb
  • Manoeuvrable


  • Low bomb Load
  • Large silhouette


Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).

In-game description

Since the Pe-2's mass production had begun, its defensive armament was recognized by the military as weak for a modern bomber. Beginning with series 13 (launched in April to May of 1941), the ShKAS hatch mount was replaced with a VUB-2 turret with a 12.7mm BT machine gun and a magazine capacity of 200 rounds. The starboard ShKAS machine gun mounted to port forward was replaced with a 12.7mm BK machine gun with 150 rounds. Also, the magazine capacity of the port ShKAS was decreased to 450 rounds.

By June 22, 1941, when Germany invaded the USSR, factories had managed to produce 490 new dive bombers. Subsequent upgrades of the Pe-2 were then made based on combat experience.

Series 22 saw the installation of M-105RA engines with floatless carburettors, which improved the aircraft's behavior when diving. Beginning with series 23, an extra ShKAS machine gun with 225 rounds was installed in the radio operator/gunner's cockpit. It was designed to fire from side ball mounts and through the upper fuselage hatch. The area of the navigator's and the radio operator/gunner's protective armor was increased, and the robustness of the fuel system was improved. The aircraft was equipped with an inert gas filling system, and duralumin tanks were replaced with fiber ones, which were more effective at dealing with bullets. By series 32, the aircraft could be fitted with guide rails to hold 10 RS-132 unguided rockets under the wings. Some Pe-2s were equipped with RO-82 launchers to fire RS-82 unguided rockets backwards, to defend against any fighters attacking from the aircraft's lower rear. Since September 1941, the Pe-2's bomb load was upgraded by adding KMB-Pe-2 bomblet clusters, which enabled the efficient bombing of soft area-type targets.

A total of 1,671 dive bombers were manufactured by four mass production factories during 1941. The new plane served on all front lines from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. The Pe-2s were received not only by regiments of the Air Force of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army but also by aviation units of the Northern, Baltic, and Black Sea Fleets.

From February 1942 (series 64) on, the side ball mounts were replaced with pivot mounts and the turret's sighting angle was increased. Series 80 saw yet another defensive upgrade: the navigator's and the radio operator/gunner's positions were given upgraded armor.

On 12 January 1942, chief designer V. M. Petlyakov died in an air crash while flying in a Pe-2. His position was filled by his deputy, A. M. Izakson, who was later replaced by another of Petlyakov's colleagues, A. I. Putilov.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.

V.M. Petlyakov Design Bureau (Опытное конструкторское бюро Петлякова)
Fighters  Pe-3 (e) · Pe-3 · Pe-3bis
Bombers  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8

USSR bombers
SB and Ar  SB 2M-100 · SB 2M-103 · SB 2M-103 MV-3 · SB 2M-103U · SB 2M-103U MV-3 · SB 2M-105 · Ar-2
Yer-2 (petrol)  Yer-2 (M-105) · Yer-2 (M-105) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) TAT · Yer-2 (M-105R) LU
Yer-2 (diesel)  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (e) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) (l)
Tu  Tu-2 · Tu-2S · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59 · Tu-4
Pe  Pe-2-1 · Pe-2-31 · Pe-2-83 · Pe-2-110 · Pe-2-205 · Pe-2-359 · Pe-8
IL  DB-3B · IL-4
  Po-2 · MBR-2-M-34 · TB-3M-17-32 · Yak-4 · Be-6
Lend-Lease  ▂PBY-5a Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30